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Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump Paperback – May 29, 2018
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PRAISE FOR BEYOND THE ROBOT:
"An enthralling account of the life and work of Colin Wilson, the often controversial writer who explored the nature of human consciousness in dozens of books ... Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Colin Wilson came to a sudden and unparalleled celebrity with his first book, The Outsider, in 1956, and after that was strenuously ignored by every respectable critic. So much for respectability. Gary Lachman has written an intellectual biography of a writer who might be called the only optimistic existentialist, and done him justice. Wilson was always far better and more interesting than fashionable opinion claimed, and in Lachman he has found a biographer who can respond to the whole range of his work with sympathy and understanding, in a style which, like Wilson’s own, is always immensely readable. I enjoyed Beyond the Robotvery much."
“Without question, the definitive guide to the life and ideas of one of the most stimulating writers of our time. Highly recommended.”
—David Fideler, author of Restoring the Soul of the World
"Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling."
—Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever
"In Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson, author Gary Lachman has done us a great service in illumining what an original and inspired thinker Wilson was. In the process of doing so, the question arose in my mind as reader: Is Lachman himself stepping into becoming the modern-day Colin Wilson? This is one of those rare books that I read cover to cover, not wanting to miss a word. I simply loved it!"
—Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil
PRAISE FOR ALEISTER CROWLEY:
“Clocking in at 394 pages jam-packed with in-depth information, factoids, anecdotes and insights from the first sentence to the last. A historical biography through and through, Lachman’s book is meticulously researched and it is quite easy to believe that the author, like a professor well-versed in their subject, could analyze and extrapolate at much greater lengths. The oft touted declaration of Crowley as the Wickedest Man in the World, may well have been overblown in it’s own time, but he’s certainly not an individual with whom it is easy to empathize. As detestable as he is, there is an undeniable fascination in his exploits, and Lachman seems the perfect man to deliver them.”
“Gary Lachman has become an increasingly prolific engine of literate, well-written, and clear-headed books about esoteric history and ‘occulture.’ ”
—Erik Davis, author of TechGnosis
“Thinking outside the box, Lachman challenges many contemporary theories by reinserting a sense of the spiritual back into the discussion.”
—Leonard Shlain, author of Art & Physics and Alphabet versus the Goddess
About the Author
Gary Lachman is the author of many books on consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Secret Teachers of the Western World; Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work; In Search of P. D. Ouspensky; A Secret History of Consciousness; Politics and the Occult; and The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus. He writes for several journals in the US and UK and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he has appeared in several radio and television documentaries. He is assistant professor in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. He can be reached at GaryLachman.co.uk
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As a centrist liberal and "social justice warrior," the book made me think that we should focus less on understanding the economically anxious Trump voter in Wisconsin and more on understanding alternative philosophical systems that may be gaining power internationally in this postmodern era.
This well written, well researched book is important food for thought.
The author begins by noting that he'd previously written a book against the idea that occultism was intrinsically right-wing – a notion widely peddled for a few decades after WWII by people looking for any stick they could use to whack Nazis and Fascists that couldn't be just as readily used to whack Communists. Now he comes to write specifically about dark right-wing occultism, but manages only to produce a rather distracted mash-up of an extended essay on Russian nationalist Traditionalism, an essay on Donald Trump and Norman Vincent Peale (with some preliminaries on Peale's New Thought influences), and a marvelous exercise in self-panicking about how votaries of Pepe and kek (now it can be told!) just may have used meme magic to dream Donald Trump into the presidency, where he can exercise his dark demagogic powers by sending his gangs of black-masked thugs to beat up any public opposition, get people fired from their jobs for being related to someone who has expressed an opinion he doesn't like, force people to participate in activities to which they have strong conscientious objections, making it impossible for businesses he doesn't like conduct transactions on the internet, forcing social media to ban people who don't agree with him, and having his critics assassinated, because Trump is just like Putin.
Although the author is an American, he has lived for a long time in London, and thus has perhaps become even more dependent for his understanding of the US on reports from people who already have little sense of what goes on in the country outside their own coastal urban compounds. Pauline Kael legendarily remarked about Ronald Reagan's election that she couldn't understand how he could have won, since no one she knew had voted for him. Our author goes one step beyond: he is so perplexed at Donald Trump's electoral victory that he feels it must have been witchcraft – or, rather, Chaos Magick (with special k). Really.
There is something interesting in his tracing of New Thought influences on Donald Trump, but there are much more sensible and less hyperventilating treatments of the subject available – Roy Anker's Self-Help and Popular Religion in Modern American Culture, for example. It doesn't quite reach to Peale, but it gets close enough.
The whole silly stew of insinuendo about Pepe and meme magic goes absolutely nowhere. Silly people have been slinging spells and curses back and forth for a long time – it's easy enough to find people out to organize mass exercises in putting binding spells on Trump, for example. The best thing to read in this connection might be Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife, if only because it wickedly shrinks political magic into the world of academic rivalries, where "the stakes are so small".
Perhaps the most useful part is his tracing out of the various ways Traditionalism has entered into, and been expressed in, the Russian political world, providing some updated journalistic supplementation to Mark Sedgwick's Against the Modern World. But the world of Russian esotericism and new religions is much, much wider than that small slice portrayed in this book, and really deserves an in-depth treatment.
In sum, this book is readable, undemanding, and has some interesting material in it, but I would recommend looking for a library copy. I've just sent mine to a friend. I hope he takes it in good part.